It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted here! Apologies for the long hiatus–I moved to California in February, so I’ve been busy with that and other life stuff lately. But I’m here now and ready to give you an update on what I’ve been doing since I moved. And I’ve been trying lots of different products that I’m hoping to share with you in the near future. Today, I’m reviewing The Ordinary Argan Oil, a product I’ve used every day since I bought it last September. After I finished my first bottle, I immediately ordered two more because of how much I liked it.
The Ordinary Argan Oil ingredients
argania spinosa kernel oil
The Ordinary Argan Oil review
I spend significantly more time outdoors here than I did in NYC, which necessitates a change in my hair and skin care routines. For one thing, I’ll be trying a lot more sunscreens out here (yes, even more than I already tried before) because of the sheer necessity of using it every single day on my afternoon walk. Likewise, argan oil has become a mainstay in my hair care routine out here on the West Coast, mainly because my hair craves more hydration out here in the low-humidity conditions of SoCal, and more protection from the natural elements (aka sunlight).
The Ordinary Argan Oil can be used on your face or hair (or both), but I prefer to use it on my hair. I squeeze a dropper’s worth of oil into my palms, rub them together, and then work it through damp, towel-dried hair. It has done wonders for helping my hair look less straw-like after all the California sun it’s been getting out here.
Argan oil has been shown to help protect hair from oxidative damage, so it makes sense that it is a great product to use as a leave-in protectant from the sun. Wearing a hat is another great way to protect your hair, of course. I love the feeling of combing the oil through my hair–it feels like such a luxurious feeling, like you’re giving your tresses a day at the spa, as weird as that sounds. Another argan oil product that I love to use is The Seaweed Bath Co. Moisturizing Unscented Argan Conditioner. I guess my hair just resopnds well to argan oil. As opposed to the conditioner, through, this oil doesn’t rinse off down the drain–it stays in your hair until the next time you shampoo. It’s fragrance free (and truly doesn’t smell like much), but as usual, make sure to spot test before slathering it on, just in case you’re allergic to it.
A word of caution for anyone who has “combination hair” like me (oily scalp + dry ends): don’t apply this oil too close to your scalp–your hair will end up looking sad and oily instead of smooth and hydrated. There’s a fine line between oily and hydrated, and you don’t want to cross it. Just concentrate on applying it to the ends of your hair, and maybe do a quick swipe across the hair that’s closer to your scalp if you want to tame some of the frizzies that pop up there sometimes–just try not to go overboard with applying it too close to your scalp area.
It’s incredibly affordable, like the rest of The Ordinary’s products. It seems like a great value because what you see is what you get: 100% argan oil. No fillers, fragrances, or other weird ingredients. Just the good stuff. And it will last you a long time, too: I’m currently about three-quarters of the way through my second bottle (which I started in late January), so I’d estimate that a bottle lasts about four months.
- The Seaweed Bath Co. Moisturizing Unscented Argan Conditioner review
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- Shea Moisture Fragrance-Free Shampoo Review
- Whole Foods Fragrance-free Shampoo review
- Whole Foods Fragrance-free Conditioner Review + Product Comparison: How does it stack up against its peers?
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